Small Space Gardening: Grow Veggies on a Vegetable Trellis

How to Grow More Veggies In Less Garden Space

Peas growing below cucumbers on vegetable trellis in my garden.

If your home garden space is small and you're looking for a way to get more produce from a tiny vegetable patch, try growing veggies on a trellis or vertical plant support. Many vegetables produce more fruit in less space grown on a vegetable trellis. Veggies grown vertically are easier to harvest, and they stay clean with less rot, too.

I use a free-standing staked vertical garden trellis strung with nylon garden netting to support peas in a small kitchen garden near my back door, plus I plant a later crop of peas and lettuce beneath the lean-to frame; the slight shade cools the soil and air a bit for these veggies that wilt and bolt in the heat of summer.

Adding a trellis to your vegetable garden is a good investment that will increase your harvest yield in a small space garden patch. Go vertical and get more harvest from a small garden or raised bed planter.

Simple Vegetable Garden Trellis Supplies

DIY Veggie Trellis Supplies

A-Frame Trellis
Gardener's Supply Co.
Amazon.com: $29.95

Steel cucumber trellis frame. Add your own netting or fence fabric.

Dalen Gardeneer 5-Foot x 30-Foot Trellis Netting TP-30C
Jensen Distributing - Lawn & Garden
Amazon.com: $10.38

Nylon trellis netting; attach to premade frame, stretch between garden stakes or attach to a frame or hooks on wall or fence.

Woven twigs pea trellis with grapevine wreath.

I Love My Vegetable Garden Trellis Collection

I use all different types of small space veggie garden supports

You can find a nice range of commercial garden trellis kits available, or you can make your own vegetable trellis supports. I like to use a lean-to design trellis in my vegetable garden to grow cucumbers and plant lettuce or peas in the shady space below the mesh.

I grow peas in a raised bed garden right outside my back door.  My robust patch of sugar snap peas gets plenty of support from a simple stretched nylon netting trellis that spans three sides of the growing box.

In my flower garden along the back of our house, I grow more pea vines on a simple twig trellis I made from thin tree branch trimmings woven together using a simple wattle fence technique.  The peas share the twig trellis with a climbing rose I can see from the kitchen sink window.

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Pole beans growing on sapling bean pole towers

In my big vegetable garden,  pole beans climb up a series of bean towers I made by lashing together the tops of 4 long sapling poles cut from the woods behind our house.  Our cucumbers are living the high life lifted up off the soil with a lean-to vegetable support trellis made with recycled garden fence and more sapling poles.

Small Space Garden Trellis Options

Frame-It-All Veggie Wall Expandable Stainless Steel Trellis System
Frame It All
Amazon.com: $55.08

Lean to style steel cucumber trellis.

Space Saving, Vertical, Organic Vegetable, Sky Scraper Gardening System
Cedar Inc.
Amazon.com: $49.95

Tall vegetable trellis (76") is great for beans, cucumbers or flowers.

Plumstone 602 Recycled Rebar Heights Trellis, 6-Feet
Plumbstone
Amazon.com: $99.99

Skyscraper garden vegetable growing support system with narrow planter box and trellis that attaches to a wall or fence.

Peas growing happily under a home made cucumber trellis in my vegetable garden

Home Made Cucumber Trellis

Keep vines and veggies off the soil away from slugs and dirt with a vertical garden support

Cucumbers, squash,melons and tomatoes grow on vines and they're quite happy sprawling all over the ground in your garden, but if you need to save space or want to keep your veggies up off the soil, grow them on a trellis. When you grow cucumbers or tomatoes vertically on a trellis support they're easier to pick, they don't get deformed or rotten and they stay clean. There's less chance of slug or rodent damage when you provide a sturdy trellis for your veggies to climb. 

DIY Vegetable Trellis - how to make a vegetable garden trellis like the one shown above, an inexpensive and sturdy vegetable trellis for your vegetable garden. Takes about an hour and costs less than $5.00.

Cedar Verical Garden Planter

Beauty and function in a small space vertical garden box planter

This cedar vertical garden planter is beautiful and sturdy. I would love to have this on my patio, to plant with vegetables and flowers. Vertical gardens are easy to care for and produce an abundance of vegetables and flowers in a small space.

Gronomics VG3245 Vertical Garden Planter, 32-Inch by 45-Inch by 9-Inch
Gronomics
Amazon.com: $199.99

Natural unfinished cedar wooden raised bed planer box with attached trellis lets you grow vegetables or flowers vertically in back, and smaller plants in front. Sturdy planter system measures 48" x 48".

DIY Vegetable Trellis

Cucumbers grow on simple to make DIY trellis in small vegetable garden

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Trellis or No Trellis?

There are many different ways to maximize produce in a small space garden. Trellising is only one solution ... have you tried it?

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Good or Waste of Money/Time?

Some gardeners love trellises and plant supports, while others just let plants "do their thing" in the garden. Share your thoughts here ...

Do vegetable trellises and supports increase produce yields in small space gardens?

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Yes, I get way more veggies from my little garden when I use plant supports

Writer Oakwood says "Of course, vertical gardening increases the yield per square foot of soil. Doesn't work will all veggies though - like carrots :)"

No, I have no difference in my garden yields if I use trellising or plant supports

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Garden Pergola Planter

Add a functional and beautiful entrance to your garden or patio

Maximize space while adding to the natural beauty of your garden with this arched pergola planter kit. You get a planter plus trellis that's decorative and functional. 

Gronomics PP2 18-34S 3-Feet by 10-Feet by 8-Feet Pergola Planter, Finished
Gronomics
Amazon.com: $1,479.99

This garden pergola vertical garden kit consists of two substantial cedar planter boxes fitted with trellis backs that join overhead to form a pergola. Plants can also be placed in pots below or near the boxes to maximize vertical growing space.

Rustic trellis support for raised bed pumpkin plants

Do you use a trellis or other plant supports in your vegetable garden?

Share your ideas or tips for maximizing your harvest in a small space vegetable garden or raised bed.

Have you tried the vertical gardening veggie support trick to get more produce from a small garden or raised bed planting box? What's your favorite type of vegetable trellis or vegetable plant support?

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bill on said:
Nice use of the new Duel section! We have little space here, so if I attempt a veggie garden next year, this will come in useful.
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Trellises are a great way to use vertical space in the garden. I'm a fan!
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I've always want to grow my own veggies but everything I plant dies :)
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We have a small garden space so I definitely might try a trellis next year. This year we had hard rain for so long that the only thing which survived were the peas. At least the weeds are gone too so next year will be easier if the weather cooperates. Nice suggestion on the tall trellis.
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This is square-foot gardening designed for even smaller spaces. What a great idea. I might try this if I ever learn how to grow vegetables.
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marciag on said:
This is perfect for anyone who has a tiny space for gardening and growing green. I wonder if some of these ideas could translate in a balcony gardening - I live in an apartment (sadly) so I don't have much green space around me.
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I should try it - though I am really bad at gardening. My zucchini plants aren't even fruiting this year?! Ah well. I do like the idea of keeping the veggies out of the dirt and away from the bugs and rot.
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I always seem to live in areas with limited outdoor space, so this leaf is wonderful for me.

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